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In my opinion, the GPS system is more of a time clock for the bus drivers. Its the schools system's way of making sure the drivers are only paid for the two hours of driving they are allowed. The sales pitch about how it helps to make the kids more safe is just false advertisement. The drivers were given cell phones a few years ago for emergency purposes, so what more can you do to ensure the buses are properly tracked. If you want to ensure the safety of the kids while being transported to and from school, why not start with better treatment of the drivers. Take some of the excess money the school system obviously has on hand and show some appreciation to the drivers. In Bruswick County Schools there are bus drivers that have not received pay raises in years. Additionally, the annual supplement given to bus drivers is $50. Some of the drivers that have been safely carrying our children to school for 20 plus years receive the same $50 supplement as a driver in the position for 2 years. Yes, the director of transportation was correct, the buses carry our most precious cargo. So, why does the school system has such a lack of respect for those we entrust to transport our kids. Instead of providing a decent supplement and pay to our drivers, we spend thousands to make sure their time is calculated to the minute. How ridiculous! Additionally, does this system make sense considering the buses are extremely overcrowded and above normal capacity? Does it make sense when teachers and parent facilitators continuously solicit parents for needed supplies at the school? Does it make sense when teachers have to spend some of their salaries to buy supplies and teaching materials for their classes? There are some serious issues with BCS.


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